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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498

Date: March 15, 2013


WHAT: Media conference call with Dr. Alex Crosby of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DHSS Secretary Rita Landgraf and a representative of the Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families. They will discuss the CDC's final report into teen suicides in Kent and Sussex counties, the state's response, and steps going forward. In March 2012, DHSS asked the CDC to conduct an epidemiological investigation into the suicide deaths of several teens and young adults in Kent and Sussex counties, examining risk factors and making recommendations about current and potential strategies for schools, communities and the state to use to prevent future suicides. The CDC filed a preliminary report in August 2012. This is the agency's final report.
WHO: Dr. Alex Crosby, Medical Epidemiologist, Division of Violence Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Rita Landgraf, Secretary, Department of Health and Social Services A Senior Representative from the Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families
WHEN: 2 p.m. Monday, March 18
CALL-IN: 302-255-2900
Pass code: 702200
FOLLOW-UP CALLS: After the conference call, staff at state agencies will be available for follow-up interviews. For follow-up interviews with the CDC on the national perspective of the report, call Gail Hayes, Senior Press Officer with CDC, at (770) 488-4902.

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.